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Ireland lose to Netherlands in rain-hit dead rubber

Medium pacer Paul van Meekeren bagged a career-best four wicket haul as the Netherlands picked up an entertaining 12-run win over Ireland in a rain-hit dead rubber of the ICC World T20 qualifier here on Sunday.

The rain reduced the inconsequential game to six over a side contest. Stephan Myburgh (27) helped The Netherlands get 59 for five in six overs before Meekeren provided timely wickets to restrict Ireland to 47 for 7 in six overs. Both teams were not in the race to qualify for the tournament proper but the Dutch exit the tournament on a high after a consolation win today.

Left-arm spinner Roelof van der Merwe also picked up two important wickets for the Netherlands in what turned out to be an exciting contest after rain played spoilsport for most part of the day.

Brief scores: The Netherlands 59/5 in 6 overs (Stephan Myburgh 27, Peter Borren 14; George Dockrell 3/7).

Ireland 47/7 in 6 overs (Paul Stirling 15; Paul van Meekeren 4/11). 
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